|It was a beautiful day for a hike.|
Our trailhead was at the Holder Mine Campground about 3 miles south of Inverness. It is a small parking lot with an information kiosk, but no restroom facilities. However, across the road is the campground with restrooms and showers.
|At the junction with Loop A trail. Notice the official|
Florida National Scenic Trail plaque on the post.
Our hike started on the blue connector trail which connected with the Loop trail after eight tenths of a mile. We did our hike in the clockwise direction today.
This is small game season and we saw one hunter with his dogs today. We, of course, were sporting our blaze orange hats. Tony didn’t want to be mistaken for a quail or a squirrel, so he tied a red bandana around the brim of his hat.
Five Mile Pond is located about midway in our hike, making it a perfect spot for lunch. We were disappointed, but not surprised to find the pond dry. Florida needs rain in the worst sort of way. We took a nice, long break here spreading our ponchos on the ground for a clean place to sit and eat.
|Five Mile Pond was dry as a bone.|
Compared to our hike on Thursday at the Croom Track, today’s hike was more diverse. We had a couple short hills to climb and then descend, we passed through areas of long-leaf pine and through other areas of live oak. Again, the trail surface was primarily sand and in some areas so soft it was like walking on the beach.
Naturally, the best part was hiking with friends and we were happy to have Tony and Diana along to share the trail. We were all pretty tired though by the time we got back to the car. Lucky for us, we had to drive right past Ferris Grove citrus market on the way home. We got some Honey Bell oranges, but our real reason for stopping was the strawberry milkshake.
That’s all for today. Thanks for tagging along.